What do you know... John McCain doesn't have to be on a one of his hundreds of appearances on the cable talking head shows to lie through his teeth. McCain with some help from Lamar Alexander conflates the Senate's filibuster rule with using reconciliation for the fixes in the health care bill that already passed with sixty votes.
As Think Progress pointed out, Senator Byrd refuted this talking point from McCain and Alexander last week -- Sen. Byrd Undermines GOP Talking Point That He Opposes Reconciliation:
Over the last few days, Republicans have repeatedly cited Sen. Robert Byrd’s (D-WV) opposition to passing comprehensive health care reform through the reconciliation process as proof that Democrats are skirting Senate rules to “ram through” unpopular legislation. [...]
But as it turns out, Byrd doesn’t oppose using the reconciliation process to pass a small package of fixes to the Senate health care bill. In a letter to the editor published in Thursday’s Charleston Daily Mail, Byrd writes that it’s appropriate to use reconciliation on a package that reduces the deficit.
“I believed then, as now, that the Senate should debate the health reform bill under regular rules, which it did,” Byrd wrote. “The entire Senate- or House- passed health care bill could not and would not pass muster under the current reconciliation rules, which were established under my watch.” “Yet a bill structured to reduce deficits by, for example, finding savings in Medicare or lowering health care costs, may be consistent with the Budget Act, and appropriately considered under reconciliation.”
So now that “the longest-serving member of the Senate” has endorsed the Democrats’ strategy, will Republicans abandon their campaign against majority rule? It’s unlikely.
Well it's a week later and they're still doing it, so not likely indeed.